Almunecar Penon del Santo

The Peñon del Santo in Almuñecar

Penon del Santo Almunecar

El Peñon Del Santo (the "Rock of Christ") is a series of rocks jutting out to the Mediterranean Sea from the Almuñecar Old Quarter. It is the most characteristic view of Almuñecar shown in travel guides and other panoramic photos because of its dramatic beauty and uniqueness.

It sits between the two longest Almuñecar beaches, Playa San Cristobal and Playa Puerta del Mar...

An attractive park with wide stairs is built on the Peñon. Climb up to the top of the Peñon for spectacular views of the Old Town, the coastline and the sea.

Penon del Santo Almunecar

Historic Relics Found on the Peñon

Almunecar Monuments - laurita-necropolis
The Laurita Necropolis The Phoenician necropolis Laurita is located on the Cerro de San Cristóbal (Peñon). It dates back to the 8th-7th Century B.C. and it is the oldest Phoenician-Punic remain found in the province of Granada.

An ancient Egyptian urn was found within the necropolis that is still a mystery to this day. It currently resides in the 7 Palacios Museum.

A Cross of Remembrance...

The large cross on top of the Peñon, facing south towards Morocco, marks the defeat of the Arabs, their surrender at Almuñécar, and the beginning of Christian rule in 1489. It was originally erected in 1900.

To get there, simply walk to the coast and look for the large series of rocks jutting out into the sea.

Penon del Santo Almunecar

Leave Your Own Remembrance...

As is the custom in many European towns and cities, especially in Paris, young lovers have started the trend in Almuñécar of attaching a lock to the top of the Peñon gates and throwing away the key.

The beauty of Almuñécar is spectacular and it's as good a place as any to fall in love, make a promise and never to forget....

Penon del Santo Almunecar
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